The Farm

Our farm has cows, pigs, corn, soybeans, and hay.

First, we have a herd of cows.  Every spring the cows give birth to calves.  Then in the winter we wean the calves from the cows and put them in a feedlot for 10 months before they are sold for meat.   Justin and I own approximately 50 cows.

In addition to the calves we raise, we own approximately 400 more cattle, called feeder cattle.  They vary in age and gender, and are grouped and fed according to their age and sex.  We buy them shortly after they are weaned and feed them in a feedlot until they are about 1 1/2 years old, when they are sold for meat.

We also own half of a modern hog farm site, where 2400 hogs reside.  The other half is owned by Justin’s brother and his wife.  We take care of the hogs on a twice daily basis.  The pigs come to us when they are about 2 weeks old and weigh only about 10 lbs each  They stay in the barn and are ready for slaughter in about 6 months.

Justin and I farm about 700 acres of crops.  We grow corn, beans, hay, oats, and rye.  Almost 95% of our crops are planted in ground that is never tilled (called no-till) to conserve the soil.

Although we own and manage our crop ground seperately, we do share labor and equipment with Justin’s dad and brother.  We are a modern family farm.  We do almost all of the work and management ourselves, with only occasional part-time help.

This lifestyle is the absolute best one for us.  I cannot imagine raising my family anywhere else.  We are always busy, and sometimes the work isn’t fun, but the rewards of farming far exceed the drawbacks.  Our kids have a strong work-ethic, and we get to make an honest living from the land, we get to be our own boss,  and that is just to name a few of the benefits of being farmers!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mike U. on September 2, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Very well written and very true to who you are. My very best wishes to all of you.

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